About Our Firm
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Think and Ink Grants™ helps nonprofits
find grants, write grants, and more to increase grant funding.

Our Seven Corporate Values
  1. We put our clients first- we work with you where you are and help you advance to where you want to be.

  2. We value and celebrate diversity in all forms through our clients, contractors, employees, and suppliers.

  3. ​We believe in the value of human connections: being connected with each other, our clients, our friends, and families, and our communities not only makes us better human beings but better employees.

  4. We believe in performing at a level of utmost excellence, for ourselves and for our clients.

  5. We believe in depositing good into the world and advancing philanthropy over personal gain. 

  6. We are committed to ethical decision making and uphold codes of ethics as outlined by organizations that we are members of the Grant Professionals Association and the Association for Fundraising Professionals

  7. We invest and are committed to improving our communities by volunteering our time, energy, and talents.

How We Work

Learn about our Think and Ink Grants™ three-phase approach here:

Nonprofit Consulting and Grant Research

The first phase of our grant-seeking process is Nonprofit Consulting and Grant Research. In this phase, it’s important to be able to clearly articulate and define your organization with each specific funder in mind.

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Grant Writing

 

One thing you probably know is that funders are inundated with grant applications.

 

So, naturally, finding a way to stand out is important. That’s why we use a specific formula to create our Think and Ink Grants™  Competitive Proposals.

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Grant Management and Evaluation

What we’re about to share is one of the largest mistakes we see organizations make: Most organizations do not manage the funder relationship appropriately or set up the correct processes to keep funding relationships strong.

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Our Team

Our firm is proud to support the personal and professional growth of our team and all they do to help our clients. 

 

Our team of consultants has years of experience in grant research, grant writing, nonprofit consulting, and grant management and evaluation support. 

 

We uphold the professional standards and ethics set forth by the Grant Professionals Association and many of us are active members.   Learn more about the Grant Professionals Association and our commitment to upholding professional standards here.

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Shavonn Richardson, MBA, GPC
Founder and CEO
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Shavonn Richardson, MBA, GPC, is the Founder of Think and Ink Grants®.  She has 18-years of experience as a grant writer, nonprofit leader, and federal grants reviewer.  She has served as a nonprofit leader and co-founded the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Blue Flowers Org in 2014.  Shavonn also worked as a Corporate Social Responsibility Program Manager for Bank of America Foundation, where she helped distribute $1.3 million in grants and sponsorships to Atlanta nonprofits each year. Now she gets grants for her clients at Think and Ink Grant Consulting and has successfully leveraged over $25 million in funding.

Shavonn is one of less than 450 grant professionals nationwide to earn the GPC (Grant Professional Certified) credential. Administered by the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI), the GPC certification is based on rigorous standards and ongoing research to meet the real-world demands of grant professionals. GPC-credentialed grant professionals demonstrate excellence in the grants profession. Shavonn is also a Grant Professionals Association (GPA) Approved Trainer. She has served as a federal grants reviewer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other agencies. She frequently speaks and trains grant professionals and nonprofit leaders across the country.

Shavonn serves on the Board of Directors for the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) and is a Forbes.com thought leader. Her volunteer work has included serving as Chair of the Southern Regional Grant Conference Social Media Committee and the Corporate Giving/Sponsorships and Grants Chair for the Junior League of Atlanta.  In 2015, Shavonn's work was recognized by President Barack H. Obama and received the President's Volunteer Service Award from the Corporation for National and Community Service.  In 2017, she was recognized as an Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Diversity Fellow. 

Shavonn earned a BBA from Howard University in Washington, DC, and an MBA from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.  In her spare time, Shavonn enjoys traveling, yoga, and spending time with her husband, two children, and dog Lynx. 

 

Read Shavonn's story here

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Angelica Ford
Associate Grant Writer and Consultant
2020 Think and Ink Grants Fellow

Angelica is an administrative professional, breaking the foundation into the grant writing world. Her internship with Think and Ink Grants just began this fall, which she looks forward to the experience and expertise of fellow grant consultants. She has a passion for giving back to the community, as she volunteers for the Arthritis Foundation and the American Red Cross.

She received her bachelor's degree in Science from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Currently furthering her education in the Nutrition and Public Health field.   

Angelica is a native of Colorado, who loves spending time with her family and traveling to new places. 

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Kamaria Beamon
Associate Grant Writer and Consultant
2021 Think and Ink Grants Fellow
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Kamaria is a social worker and creative writer who earned an MSW and Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from The University of Georgia and a B.A. in English/English Education from Xavier University of Louisiana. She is excited to be a part of the Think and Ink Grants team as a Grant Writing intern, gaining hands-on experience in non-profit consulting and grants management. Kamaria enjoys working with non-profits that focus on education, youth empowerment, families, and women's wellness. She also values self-care, and in her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, and going to concerts.

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Sara Holifield
Grant Professional

Sara Holifield is an experienced nonprofit professional specializing in grant writing, event coordination, and project management. She has worked in organizations dedicated to youth empowerment, victim services, and healthcare access, including the New Zealand Ministry of Health.

 

A native of the Midwest, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Iowa before receiving a certificate in event planning from Belmont University. She is passionate about helping organizations achieve their goals while staying on budget. In her spare time, Sara writes fiction from her home in Nashville, TN where she lives with her husband and one ungrateful cat. 

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Dr. Jerome Schiele
Evaluator

Jerome H. Schiele is a Professor and Chair of the PhD Department in the School of Social Work at Morgan State University.  A native of Hampton, Virginia, Dr. Schiele received his bachelor's degree in sociology from Hampton University in 1983, and attained both his master's and doctoral degrees in social work from Howard University. Dr. Schiele has 30 years of higher education experience and has served in both faculty and administrative positions.  Before arriving at Morgan State University, he was Professor and Dean of the College of Professional Studies at Bowie State University and a Professor and Associate Dean in the School of Social Work at the University of Georgia. He also has taught and served in administrative roles at Norfolk State University, Clark Atlanta University, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He also previously served as Professor and inaugural Director of the PhD program in social work at Morgan State University.

 

Dr. Schiele’s research focuses on social policy analysis, racial oppression, and cultural diversity/competence.  He has published numerous scholarly articles, essays, and book chapters, which appear in major academic periodicals and publications. Dr. Schiele also is author of the book, Human Services and the Afrocentric Paradigm (The Haworth Press, 2000—now Routledge Press), editor of the book, Social Welfare Policy: Regulation and Resistance among People of Color (Sage Publications, 2011; Cognella Press, 2nd. Ed., 2020), and co-author with Phyllis Day of the book, A New History of Social Welfare, 7th edition (Pearson Publishers, 2013).

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Christine Taylor
Grant Professional

Articulate, organized, and persuasive grant writer with more than six years of experience in assisting non-profit organizations and government agencies identify, apply for, and receive significant external funding from foundations and other sources. Accustomed to researching and analyzing strategic, and operational issues to convert them into actionable fundraising opportunities that align with broader organizational objectives. Known for clear, factual, and supportable proposals that maximize the chances of obtaining funding. Exceptional interpersonal, communications and collaborative liaison skills.

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